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God's Call is Bold. Your Seminary should be too.

Wesley Theological Seminary is a graduate institution offering Masters and Doctor of Ministry programs in a variety of specializations to students answering God’s call to ministry. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., Wesley encourages students from diverse backgrounds to become exemplary teachers, preachers and leaders in the world today. Application information for all of Wesley’s programs appear below. For more general admissions information, visit the admissions page.

Download a paper copy of the Recommendation Form. Please note there is a section within the application to send recommenders the form electronically.

Check out courses open to entering students: SPRING 2015 COTES!

 

Master Degree Programs

All prospective students will need to create an account in order to access the online application. Please note that our online application is provided by a third party vendor that maintains a national database of usernames. It is suggested to add a number in the middle of the username.

If you have any technical difficulties with the online application, please be in touch with CollegeNET's helpdesk at 503-973-5213 or help@collegenet.com.

A completed application for admission to Wesley Theological Seminary will include:

  1. Online application
  2. Resume (uploaded in the online application)
  3. Recommendations (as denoted within the online application)
  4. Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions (Official e-transcripts can be sent to JaNice Parks at jparks@wesleyseminary.edu.)
  5. Personal Statement (between 400-500 words) that describes:
    • The formative elements in your background, with particular focus on what you believe to be the most significant people and events that have shaped your identity as a person
    • Your sense of vocational call and professional objective.
    • Your reasons for desiring to pursue theological education at Wesley Theological Seminary.
  6. $60 application fee

All applicants must submit transcripts. This process can often take some time, so it is suggested to start it early. Please have them sent to:

JaNice Parks
Office of Admissions
4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016

Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry program is designed for practicing clergy who have more than three years ministry experience and is not a residential program. F-1 visas are not offered for the D.Min program. For deadlines and more information visit our Doctor of Ministry program page.

A completed application for admission to Wesley Theological Seminary will include:

  1. Online application
  2. Resume (uploaded in the online application)
  3. Recommendations (as denoted within the online application)
  4. Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions (Official e-transcripts can be sent to JaNice Parks at jparks@wesleyseminary.edu.)
  5. Submit 4 essays on the following topics (2 pages each):
    • A brief biographical statement that describes your career in ministry in chronological order
    • A personal evaluation of your professional competence
    • A statement on how you use your seminary education in the practice of ministry, especially studies in Bible, theology, and church history
    • Your reason for pursuing a D.Min. at Wesley (1 page)
  6. $60 Application Fee

Non-Degree Programs

Non-Degree applications should be submitted for the following categories:

  • Academic credit for those not interested in pursuing a degree
  • Audit courses
  • Certificate of Christian Studies
  • UM Studies for Current Students at Partnership Schools:
    • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
    • Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Richmond, VA)
    • Eastern Mennonite Theological Seminary (Harrisonburg, VA)
    • Pfeiffer University

 

Missional and Urban Fellows

Deadline for applications is February 1. Interested prospectives are encouraged to apply to the Missional or Urban Fellows program when they apply for admission to Wesley Theological Seminary. Missional and Urban Fellows must be full-time Master of Divinity students taking a minimum of 9 credit hours each semester.

Urban Fellow applicants must submit an additional essay (1500 words or less) addressing the following questions:

1. How have you experienced a call to Urban Ministry?
2. What qualifications or experiences support your Urban Ministry calling?
3. In what type of ministry setting do you see yourself serving in the future?

Missional Fellow applicants must submit an additional essay (1500 words or less) addressing the following questions:

1. How have you experienced a call to mission and service?
2. What qualifications or experiences support your calling (include service hours, social justice/mercy ministry experiences, etc)?
3. In what type of ministry setting do you see yourself serving in the future?

Essays may be submitted via mail, email or fax:

Admissions Office
Wesley Theological Seminary
Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Email: admissions@wesleyseminary.edu

Fax: 202-885-8585

 

Finalists for the Missional and Urban Fellows programs will be invited to interview with members of the Fellows Faculty Committee. For more information visit our Urban Fellows program page or Missional Fellows program page.

National Capital Semester for Seminarians

Appliants for the NCSS program should submit an application no later than November 30. Please note that this program is only offered during the spring semester each year. Apply today.

Local Pastor Certification

The Course of Study Program at Wesley Theological Seminary is a year-round experiential and classroom learning process for licensed Local Pastors. Wesley Theological Seminary is the regional Course of Study school for the North East Jurisdiction (NEJ) of the United Methodist Church. For more information visit ourCourse of Study program page.

Continuing Education Units

Students and non-students are permitted to take any course for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) provided they are a church leader, member of the clergy, or employee of a church or affiliated organization.

Students may use the Registration Form available in the Registrar’s Office or online at

www.wesleyseminary.edu/forms. No specific prerequisites are required for these courses, but the expectation is that the student has already completed a theological Master’s level degree.

The student will receive a certificate indicating the course was attended and the assignment completed. The course will not be shown on Wesley’s academic transcript.

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